(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/11/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Republican Party to eject Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for comments in support of white supremacism.
In a New York Times interview, King claimed the “culture of America” is based on the values brought over by white Europeans. He said: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?. . .Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"
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“Even in the era of Donald Trump and his bigoted rhetoric and policies, a clear statement in support of white supremacy by an elected official should result in his immediate ejection from the party he represents,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
Last year, CAIR joined 139 other organizations in calling on then House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to censure King after he was caught calling Mexican immigrants “dirt” in a taped conversation with supporters.
CAIR has documented numerous other incidents of King engaging in anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and White supremacist rhetoric.
In 2015, CAIR condemned King’s bizarre claim that refugees who “do hajj to Mecca” cannot assimilate into other cultures like their Christian counterparts. The anti-Muslim remarks were made at a rally for GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
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The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org